I spent a week in the area over ten years ago, and saw then -- at a relaxed pace, too -- most of the tour attractions available to us this time. For example, Regent offered a tour of Capri's Emerald Grotto (different from the famous Blue Grotto), which several in our family group took . . . and liked. Here's a video taken in June by someone on a Regent cruise:
No question, the vistas up top are grand. Here's what you see from the belvedere at the historic Villa Cimbrone:
Fortified by my tasty lunch, I decided to climb the stairs -- all of them! -- up to the Amalfi duomo:
On the short boat ride back to our Regent ship in the harbor, I was aware of feeling lousier -- mentally and physically -- than I had at any other time during our four weeks of travel so far. I think I knew why.
If you're not careful, these one-port-a-day cruises can wear you out -- even if you're NOT 84 years old. I've found that the six hours of "touring" typically consist of three hours of intense logistics -- queueing up, getting off the ship, onto the little boats to shore, into the buses, off the buses, back on to the buses, back to the little boats and back to the ship. Then, at the dinner table, -- and back home, eventually -- everyone talks about what a great experience they had.